Wahconah News - 02/27/19

Wahconah News - 02/27/19
Posted on 02/27/2019
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February 27, 2019

Hello Wahconah Families,

Welcome to the Wahconah Wednesday email update! We hope you find the following information, reminders, and repeats to be helpful.

WAHCONAH WEEKLY NEWS

Here is the latest installment of the Wahconah Weekly News from our video club! https://youtu.be/BeKJomxuBp8

WAHCONAH SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECT

Full Wahconah School Building Committee meetings are open to the public and take place in the Wahconah Library. The next scheduled meeting is…

  • Thursday, Feb. 28th at 4:30pm

Helpful Resources to make an informed decision:

Key Facts:

  • The full cost budgeted for a new Wahconah is $71,871,107.
    • This is a “turn-key” cost (includes demolition of the old building and contingencies).
  • The estimated MSBA reimbursement is $31,226,147 (including reimbursement for the feasibility study).
  • Seven member towns of CBRSD are estimated to pay approximately $42 million.

Upcoming community information sessions to discuss budget and design:

  • March 5th (5-6:30pm) at Wahconah
  • March 5th (7-8:30pm) at Windsor Town Hall
  • March 7th (5-6:30pm) at Kittredge School
  • March 7th (7-8:30pm) at Becket-Washington School

**NEW SCHOOL VOTE** - Saturday, April 6th at your local polling stations (10am-4pm)

  • A “Yes” vote will result in…
    • Partial state reimbursement for the cost of the building.
    • A new Wahconah to be built on the baseball field next to the current building.
    • The new school would be scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.
  • A “No” vote will result in…
    • A new school will not be built.
    • The district’s involvement with the MSBA reimbursement program will end.
    • Any further costs due to repairs will be transferred directly to district taxpayers in full (base repair costs are estimated to be between $33.5 – $38.5 million).

CBRSD EXCITED TO HOST GUEST SPEAKER March 6th

CBRSD is excited to have a special guest speaker for parents on Wednesday, March 6th.  The guest speaker, Cynthia Merrill, an experienced educator, will be addressing the important topic of empowering your children to use the internet in a safe, smart manner.  The presentation is primarily targeted for parents and educators of children in K-6 but all are welcome.  Following the presentation Mrs. Merrill will take questions from 7-7:30.  Read more about Cynthia here!

This presentation will take place at Wahconah Regional High School so interested families can get a tour of the building in advance of the vote for a new school on April 6th.  Tours of the building will be offered by Principal Aaron Robb before and after Ms. Merrill’s presentation at 5:30 and 7:30. This is an opportunity to tour the school to see first-hand the needs for a new building to educate our students at the high school level. 

Babysitting will be available from 5:30-8 in the library at Wahconah

Safe, Savvy and Smart Online.pdf 

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT NEWS

(all of this news is announced regularly to our students via morning announcements/flyers)

Class/Student Emails – The Wahconah Guidance Department along with our class advisors are making a dedicated effort to enhance communication with our students. Therefore, our students will start to see an uptick in the number of emails they will be receiving from various school departments and groups. All of those emails will go directly to their school email accounts. Some of these emails will contain vital information about scholarships (particularly for Juniors and Seniors). We ask that you please assist us in inspiring students to check their school email more regularly. We will do the same in school. Thank you!

ASVAB Testing - Juniors and seniors who are 16 years old and older have the opportunity to take the ASVAB test at Wahconah. ASVAB is an assessment that helps students learn about future academic and occupational interests. If students are thinking about joining the military, joining an ROTC program in college, or are interested in learning about what career options might interest them, they can see Mrs. Salavantis by March 1 to sign up. ASVAB will be held on March 11 starting at 8:00AM in the library and a score interpretation workshop will be held in April. Students will be responsible for any work they miss in their classes.

Upcoming College Event – Click on the flyer below for more information about an upcoming event for local high school students and their families regarding state public college options!

Go Higher Berkshire - with RSVP.pdf 

DANCE THIS SATURDAY

The sophomore class will be sponsoring a “Throwback Dance” this Saturday, March 2nd from 7-10pm in the Wahconah cafeteria. All Wahconah students are welcome!

  • Tickets cost $7 per student
  • Tickets will be sold during all 3 lunches on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • Tickets will not be sold at the door
  • This dance is for Wahconah students only (not a semi-formal dance)

CHECK OUT THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS!

(all of these announcements are made regularly to our students via morning announcements/flyers)

New England Math League - Math League is open to ANY student at Wahconah. Students can earn extra credit for simply participating! The final Math League event is March 19th. Please have your student see his/her math teacher for any questions.

Trip to France and Spain - There will be a trip to France and Spain next year in April, 2020 during April vacation.  Students will have the opportunity to visit the south of France and Barcelona.  Please see Ms. Harrison tharrison@cbrsd.org or Ms. Polo spolo@cbrsd.org if you would like to sign up.

9th GRADE CLASS DUES

Class dues for all 9th graders are due this Friday.

  • The cost is $50 for one year or $180 for all four years.
  • Checks may be made payable to Wahconah Class of 2022” along with the student’s name on the memo line.
  • Payments must be made directly to their class advisors Mrs. McLaughlin jmclaughlin@cbrsd.org or Mrs. Walton mwalton@cbrsd.org .
  • Questions/concerns please contact the class advisors.

Yearly class dues is essentially a gradual way to finance all of the culminating senior year activities in 2022.

WAHCONAH HOCKEY FUNDRAISER

The Wahconah Hockey team (which co-ops with PHS and Taconic) will be holding a dine-to-donate fundraiser at Hot Harry’s on Wednesday, Feb. 27th. For more info check the flyer below. NOTE: Flyer must be presented to get the discount.

Hot Harry's North St - Wahconah Hockey.docx 

WAHCONAH YEARBOOK

Our Yearbook staff led by advisor Mr. Jeff Pike has done an excellent job setting up a yearbook website (www.wahconahyearbook.com) for our school. This is a go-to place for ordering yearbooks, information about parent and business ads, as well as last-minute senior photo information. Check it out!

AUTISM CONNECTIONS

The 2019 Autism Conference will take place on April 23rd at the Springfield Sheraton Monarch Hotel. More info below:

For more information contact autismconnections@pathlightgroup.org

PARENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Will return next month!

We will be using this space on a monthly basis to provide helpful tips and insight to help bridge the gap between home and school. Some of the information shared in this section will include links to useful articles, websites, or videos.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS NOW… June 13th

Since we have had two snow days so far, the last day of school will now be June 13th. That means final exams for grades 9-11 will now be June 10, 11, 12, 13. Please plan accordingly!

STUDENT DROP OFF/PICKUP - Reminder

We greatly appreciate those of you who acknowledge and follow this procedure. However, it’s important to remember that the driveway directly in front of the school should remain clear for school buses only during the following times:

  • 7:20-7:50am (morning drop off)
  • 2:15-2:30pm (afternoon pick up)
  • 3:15-3:30pm (late bus pick up)

Any parents/families dropping students off or picking students up can use the car lane which can be accessed by using the last driveway in the student parking lot. Furthermore, if a bus’s lights are flashing red, that means you cannot pass it regardless of whether it has a stop sign extended from it or not. We have asked for assistance from Dalton Police (when available) to help monitor this. Thank you for your help.

ATTENDANCE/DISMISSAL REMINDERS

Please remember that the proper dismissal procedure for ill students is for the student to go to the nurse first. The nurse will examine the student and determine whether the student needs to be dismissed. Mrs. Bushway (Ext. 1131) will then make the call home if she determines that dismissal is warranted.

Also, if you’ve secured a last-minute doctor’s appointment during the school day, please call ahead to Mrs. Farley in the Main Office (Ext. 1320) so that she can prepare a dismissal for your student.

NEED MORE INFO?

Always remember that you can find important and useful information pertaining to Wahconah by going to the following:

Thank you!

 

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